Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

17th February 2021
Alone we can do so little together we can do so much - Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Lincoln Stollery

“You do not climb a mountain like Everest by trying to race ahead on your own, or by competing with your comrades… Certainly, I wanted to reach the top by myself; it was the one thing that I had dreamed of all my life…but if it is a shame to be the second man on Mount Everest, then I will have to live with this shame” – Tenzing Norgay, Sherpa.

By the time he summited in 1954, Tenzing had been with more Everest expeditions than any other man. An experienced climber, and a well-regarded professional, he was known for his high spirits, his modesty, and his qualities of leadership. He is the first Sherpa known to have summitted Everest.

“As one reads or hears about Tenzing’s behaviour on his trips, one concludes that at any given moment he had whatever it took.” (Rand, 1954)

If you are thinking “What does Everest, climbing and Sherpas have to do with Pemba?”, the answer is in our name – Pemba Capital Partners – and our philosophy!

Pemba is a common first name in the Sherpa communities of Nepal. In the mountaineering world, the essence of a Sherpas work is to accompany climbers to a high-altitude peak, which for many mountaineers is a life achievement.

Sherpas serve as both companions on the journey and technically skilled climbing partners. They carry equipment and supplies, supporting their climbing partners to achieve success.

At Pemba we aspire to have a similar engagement with founders, business owners and management teams. We recognise that a trustworthy supporting role must be earned through constructive contribution and the desire to grow and develop as a team.

We are Empowering, Resilient, Pioneering and Agile in our investment approach, partnering with founders and their management teams to help them reach their goals. With over 20 years of growth investment experience, completing over 200 transactions, Pemba have strived to embed our reputation as a strong partner to the Australian and New Zealand SME sector.

Our approach is successful due to our passion to learn, our drive to achieve results, and our ability to nurture the story you have created.

  • We are interested, not intrusive.
  • We are your partner on your growth journey.
  • We are passionate about helping founders realise their future ambitions.
  • We have a strong team of dedicated investment professionals who are highly flexible in our approach, assisting with staffing, organic and inorganic growth opportunities, and more generally as someone to bounce your ideas off!
  • We want to help you leave a legacy for your business.

If you are looking for a partner to help accelerate growth, access strategic industry specific expertise and provide the support to help you reach your life’s peak, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly via Inmail.

In recognition and support of the region that inspired our name, Pemba supports the following NGOs:

Australian Himalayan Foundation

Healing Himalayas Foundation

The Juniper Fund

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” – Helen Keller

(Photograph by Associated Press)
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